I found a better way to characterize daily habits and sidchas. I used to think of them like brushing my teeth. I don’t remember the last time I went to bed without brushing.
That characterization made my sidchas easier for me, but not others. They still think of daily habits as hard, rigid, burdensome. They suggest I take a break: “Josh, really, what would happen if you took a break and laid in bed more than 60 seconds? Live a little!” They think I’m depriving myself.
Think of daily habits like feeding your dog
Think of a daily habit like feeding your dog. Would you consider taking a break and “living a little” by not feeding your dog for a day? Dog owners who travel do everything to take care of the dog while away.
A dog means a decade of daily responsibility. I’ve never heard a dog owner complain about that responsibility. A dog costs money and time. Most of my sidchas give me time. Even my longest-running sidcha hasn’t lasted a usual dog lifetime.
Me and Rosie
Speaking of dogs, here are me and my mom and stepfather’s dog, Rosie, from two weeks ago when we got some late snow.
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